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Looking for something weird to get your brainstorming started? Have a few bucks to spare? Give this a look!
Andy Pokel is raising funds for BLARGENFARK! a coloring book for cool grown-ups & weird kids on Kickstarter! BLARGENFARK is a coloring book filled with bizarre, bewildering, intricate, imaginative, creepy, and occasionally cute illustrations.
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I recently got sucked into a discussion about Universal Basic Income. In an effort to understand it better, I've crunched a few numbers. I'd be happy to hear your thoughts!
I've recently come into contact with the idea of Universal Basic Income. UBI seems to have a following on both the left and the right, despite the fact that nobody has yet come up with a solid plan for implementing it. I'm cu...
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Bloodlines, my homebrew, is really coming together.

Check out this blog post where I explore how it got started! 
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Life's been busy, so I haven't posted anything in a while. Today I'd like to introduce to you one of the things that I've been busy with: Bloodlines, a homebrewed tabletop RPG. 
Life's been busy, so I haven't posted anything in a while. Today I'd like to share with you one of the things that I've been busy with. Some of you may recall that I put a great deal of time into a homebrewed RPG called Spart...
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My new article on theRPGsite.com has gone up! This one is about holisitcally breaking down RPGs in terms of the sort of play they are designed to create.
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When figuring out dice mechanics, you need to consider the following:

How many dice are you rolling?
What kind of dice are you rolling?
What is the target number on the dice (or target sum)?

These questions can be answered by the PC's character sheet, by the GM, or by the system itself. For example, in the d20 system, you always roll a single d20. Information from both the player (bonus) and the GM (AC or DC) is necessary to judge whether or not the roll is good enough.

I prefer to have the player and the GM answering different questions. This keeps them from ever working directly against each other -- bonuses and penalties never really cancel one another out.

For example, in one of my homebrews, action resolution is roll-under on d12. The PC's skills tell what the target number is. The GM can adjust the difficulty with 5e-style advantage and disadvantage.

In another homebrew, I use dice pools. The PC's ability score tells how many dice they will roll. The GM adjusts the difficulty by having them roll different sorts of dice (d6s are easy, d12s are insane). Success is judged by whether or not any dice show "1".

These questions can be answered in countless different ways -- explore them! 
When I start working on a game one I think about very early on is, "How will the dice marry with the desired flavor of the game?" It's an important question. Personally I filter every decision I make If the game is a game wit...
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This is a long, ridiculous post where I walk through a Star Wars conspiracy theory. It was fun to write, but there is basically no reason anyone would ever want to read it. Um... enjoy!
Some time ago, I stumbled upon The Skywalker Paradigm, a sort of Star Wars conspiracy theory. Here's how it introduces itself: The Skywalker Paradigm is a way of viewing the Star Wars movies that adds enormous clarity to eve...
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HEY ALL,
What's your favorite character sheet? Any game, ane genre, official or custom. I'm trying to design one for my homebrew, but I keep getting stuck in the same old patterns. I need to get some new ideas rattling around in my brain!
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Suppose I have written a core rulebook for my homebrewed RPG. It's not a retroclone, or an adventure path, or associated in any other way with an existing game system. If I'm interested in getting it published, who should I be talking to? What companies should I be scoping out?

Note that I'm not relying on this project for income. It's a labor of love. I'm looking for help polishing it -- editing, art, etc -- as well as distributing it.
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I also have a game that fits that description! I'm planning to self-publish mine, starting with a PDF on DriveThruRPG and maybe going print-on-demand if there's... well, 'demand'.

Kickstarter can be handy if you need funds for art, layout, editing and such, to make it look professional. However, I hear it's a pretty intense process, and you need to do a lot of prep to make sure the numbers are right. Since I have art and layout skills myself, I'm just slowly producing my game 'in-house' and will release it when it's ready.

I don't know much about game or publishing companies to approach about an original RPG. Physical copies seem to be the hard part, since you basically have the option of small-run traditional printing (500+ copies probably), or print-on-demand through DTRPG, Lulu, or somewhere like that. Also as I'm in Australia, dealing with shipping to/from the US is kind of annoying and cost-prohibitive. PDF is a really good entry option for me, and I'll be providing a tricked-out file to make the document as easy to use as possible.

I do freelance editing, layout, and artwork, but I would need to charge – I'm working on too many of my own projects to donate my time sorry! :)
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Here's the most serious post I've done in a while (though I'm a bit behind the news cycle).
When you encounter a group fighting like a cornered animal -- fighting savagely, desperately, or even inhumanly -- it is appropriate to look for what forced then into the corner in the first place. In the case of Palestine (o...
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Hey all,
I wrote up a post for theRPGsite, in which I discuss a novel way of framing dice mechanics for the purpose of RPG design.
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Read this thread at theRPGSite.com
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 Here are a few hacks and house rules that we'll be implementing next time we play Fate. Some of these changes are just to slim down the game, cutting unnecessary or inelegant bits; other changes are made with the intention of making Fate better-suited for long campaigns.
My current Fate Core campaign is coming to a close after a year and a half of weekly play. I expect I'll play Fate again, as I do like the game, but there are a few hacks and house rules that we'll be implementing next time. ...
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